Just as many of my friends, I like a balance of swanky and rustic when it comes to choosing my next getaway. As it turns out, I haven’t had a rustic fix in Yelapa for quite some time, so I’ve scheduled one in the near future! Getting to Yelapa from Puerto Vallarta is easy, as there are a few boats that leave from Los Muertos Pier and Boca de Tomatlán and travel to Yelapa in less than 45 minutes, not to mention the many day cruises that include stops at this funky town south of Puerto Vallarta. Once you get to Yelapa, you have a couple different options of where to be dropped off. Here’s what the main pier looks like:
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While you can really have a great time experiencing Yelapa on a day trip, staying overnight is an entirely different experience. Yelapa has a happening nightlife, where locals and visitors mingle comfortably at several eateries, cafés, even a local dance club, in English and Spanish, regardless of language limitations. And when it comes to shut-eye, most of the choices are playfully rustic, such as Casa de los Arboles (below), perched up high on the hill.
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I understand that Casa de los Arboles was furnished many years ago, way before electricity came to Yelapa! Every time I visit, and I’ve stayed there a couple of times, I can’t help but to wonder the many panga trips it must have taken to carry all that furniture up there, not to mention building the home, which comfortable sleeps 6-8 people in three separate rooms.
Casa de los Arboles
Intrigued about this funky shack? You are in luck! For several years now, Brad Wollman, a US transplant, has been managing several local palapas available for short and long-term rentals, and promoting them on his own blog, www.palapainyelapa.com, where you will find more information about Casa de los Arboles and many other properties. Brad participates regularly in many local bulleting boards, providing expert advice on Yelapa, not to mention the many tidbits about day-to-day happenings on his blog, which will give you a glimpse of why many choose Yelapa as their favorite, anonymous hideaway.